The Minnesota Timberwolves go for a third straight win when they face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in a Western Conference clash. The opening tip for this contest is scheduled for 10 pm ET at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Minnesota has won two straight, including a two-point road win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The Timberwolves are 24-23 and in third place in the Northwest Division, trailing the second-place Denver Nuggets by two games and leading the fourth-place Trail Blazers by 4½ games.
The Warriors have won three in a row, all at home, including a 130-92 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. Golden State is 35-13 and in second place in the Pacific Division, 3½ games behind the first-place Phoenix Suns.
If you want to bet online on this contest, the NBA lines have the Warriors as six-point favorites at home, with the over/under set at 229 points. If you’re betting on the moneyline, you can get Golden State at -240, while Minnesota is listed at +200.
In his second season, Minnesota forward Anthony Edwards is living up to No. 1 overall pick status he had coming into the league. The 20-year-old is coming off a 40-point performance against the Trail Blazers to help the Timberwolves rally for the road win.
“He has that mentality. He believes he can win any battle, any game, any matchup. We’ve seen a few of these type of performances this season. Not only did he have the 40, but when we needed it most, he was making big shots,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said after Tuesday’s win.
It was the fourth career 40-point game for Edwards, who is averaging 22.7 points to rank 19th in the NBA. Edwards is also contributing 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals for the Timberwolves.
Center Karl-Anthony Towns is the top scorer and rebounder for Minnesota, ranking in the top 20 in the league with 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He’s also been a force on the defensive end, averaging 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals.
Guard D’Angelo Russell has been upping his point production lately, averaging 25.3 points over the last three games. For the season, he’s putting up 19.1 points per game while dishing out 7.0 assists to rank 12th in the league in that category.
It has been a slow process for Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson in his comeback from two-plus years off the court, but he’s been making some steps forward that show he’s going to be back to his old form soon. Thompson sat out a pair of games over the weekend due to rest in the second of a back-to-back and soreness in his knee, but he returned on Tuesday with an efficient 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range to help the Warriors roll over Dallas.
Thompson is averaging 14.7 points in his seven games back and still hasn’t completely found his stroke, hitting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Backcourt mate Stephen Curry has been having a little trouble finding his stroke as well, scoring under 20 points three times in the last five games. He’s gone an uncharacteristic 3-for-23 from three-point range over the last two contests, though he’s averaged 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in those games.
The 33-year-old Curry is averaging 25.8 points and 6.2 assists, but his 37.3 percent shooting from three-point range is the lowest of his NBA career.
Former Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins has been raising his game, averaging 18.1 points and shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range. He’s been at his best against his former squad, averaging 23.5 points in two games against Minnesota this season.
Timberwolves Keep It Close
The Warriors are winning, but they haven’t been at their best, despite a blowout of Dallas on Tuesday. Minnesota is playing with a lot of confidence and should be able to stay close.
When doing your NBA betting preview, take the Timberwolves to cover the spread on the road.